Aside from ruffles, I'm also a sucker for flower / petal details. I know...I'm such a girly girl LOL. I've been seeing a number of belts with large flowers so I decided to take a stab at making my own version.
A close up of the flower
Instructions after the jump...
What you'll need / what I used:
- Scrap fabric. I used cream colored fabric in three different textures - lace, tulle, and broadcloth. You can use a monochromatic palette or mix and match colors as you choose.
- You'll need a total of 18 "petals" composed of circles (I used 3" circles - you can use a ribbon spool for a circle template).
- Since I had 3 types of fabric to incorporate, I cut 6 circles from each type of fabric.
- Cut out a ~2" x 2" square of felt. This will serve as the base for your flower.
- Fold 4 circles into quarters and arrange pie-like onto your piece of felt. Secure the points in a matching thread with a few stitches (see plus signs in green) connecting the petals to the felt. My first 4 petals were broadcloth since it is a heavier type of fabric - not "fluffy" like lace and tulle.
- Fold another 4 circles (I used the remaining 2 broadcloth with 2 tulle) into quarters and place this layer on top of the 1st layer by overlapping the edges.
- Keep repeating this until you have 2 odd circles left. Fold these into petals for use as filler. Add them in wherever you think the flower needs volume.
- (Optional) Add pearls or beads into the middle of the flower. I stitched mine in but you can also you glue if you prefer.
- Fluff your petals and attach it to a belt or long piece of ribbon with some well-placed stitches.
- Voila! You're finished!
2nd tutorial down - hope I'm getting better at it! :)